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Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by KL7AJ, Aug 17, 2021.

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  1. WA1GXC

    WA1GXC Ham Member QRZ Page

    1. Medical hemostat locking forceps [Kelly clamps] (thin, curved ends most handy)--find at hamfests when they re-open. Semiconductor lead heat-sink,
    fastener retrieval, wire routing or extraction in bundles . $4.

    2. Flush-cutter pliers--Xcelite, Klein---don't know how I went decades without them. $10.

    3. Dental probe--for clearing PC board thru-holes, component extraction through holes, and tube socket & switch terminal clearing for repairs.
    Ask your dentist or hygenist to save a couple when they're tossed-out for condition. $0.

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  2. N5CM

    N5CM Ham Member QRZ Page

    A key. Well maybe two keys. A straight key and a set of paddles.
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  3. KC3TEC

    KC3TEC Ham Member QRZ Page

    paper, pencils and good math skills!
    you cant always have a calculator with you all the time.
    and best of all a cool head is needed when troubleshooting an intermittent problem.
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  4. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    AND... let's not forget a good sense of humor. That goes a long way toward helping the ham deal with blown tubes, IC chips that are acting freaky, SWR problems that defy expalnation.... AND all of those cranky folks out there on some bands. :D
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  5. N9LCD

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    Zip lock bags, quart and gallon sizes. For storing parts and small pieces of gear.

    Egg cartons. For sorting & storing parts when working on gear.
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  6. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Egg cartons...:eek: would be a very bad idea in cats territory, even closed. My cats grab quicker than me, have to divert their attention before opening any box of small parts.

    Tough task, as boxes always magnetize them.

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  7. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has anybody said Duct Tape yet!
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  8. N9LCD

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    Nail polish -- preferably red.

    A good substitute for ThreadLock (or similar compounds) especially on small screws or nuts.

    A reasonably permanent marker for most metals, plastics, etc. I use it for marking the coax out of our cable boxes.
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  9. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just made me think that pill sorting boxes are good for keeping SMT components in while building SMT projects.
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  10. KA0USE

    KA0USE Ham Member QRZ Page

    an analyser. i bought mine waaaaay before those pocket vnas came out.
    was a lot of money (to me), but eventually paid for itself, if only in lessening aggravation.

    this, also:

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